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Mary Dale Balk

Mary Dale Balk, American drug prevention specialist, elementary school educator. Certified addictions prevention professional; certified elementary education English; certified specific learning disabilities K-12; certified guidance counselor.


  • Balk, Mary Dale was born on July 30, 1939 in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Daughter of Dale Ivan Knox and Mary Lucille (Clower) Cooke.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Education, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1961. Master of Education, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1967.


    • Teacher Marion (Indiana) High School, 1971-1973. Guidance counselor Justice Junior High School, Marion, 1973-1974. Teacher of the emotionally handicapped Red Bug Elementary School, Maitland, Florida, 1974-1976.

      English teacher Teague Middle School, Altamonte Springs, 1976-1978, Lake Brantley High School, 1988. Guidance counselor Lake Mary (Florida) Elementary School, 1978-1988. Drug prevention specialist Seminole Company (Florida) Schools, since 1988.

      County Red Ribbon chairman National Red Ribbon Campaign, Seminole County, since 1989. Adjunct teacher Seminole Community College. Guest speaker educators conventions.

    Major achievements

    • Certified addictions prevention professional. Certified elementary education English. Certified specific learning disabilities K-12.

      Certified guidance counselor.


    Vice chairman school board Sweetwater Episcopal Academy, 1985-1988. Active HRS Community Task Force for Residential Placement for Deputy Children, 1979-1980. Chairman Seminole County Red Ribbon Campaign for a Drug-Free American, since 1989.

    Executive committee Seminole County American Heart Association. Member Winter Park University Club, Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, Florida Student Assistance Program Network (secretary).


    • Children: Susan Lynne Kradel, Rebecca Lynne Demo, Melissa Lynne Balk.
    • father: Dale Ivan Knox Cooke
    • mother: Mary Lucille (Clower) Cooke
    • children: Susan Lynne Kradel Balk
    • Rebecca Lynne Demo Balk
    • Melissa Lynne Balk
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